Estevam Dias, Dona Paula
The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar after addressing media along with the Fisheries Minister, Mr Avertano Furtado MLA and Mr Caitano D'Silva on Saturday in Margao gives us an impression that both the airport Mopa as well as Dabolim shall co-exist in Goa. He refused to listen to the sentiments from people of Goa that Dabolim should be the only airport to remain operative until 2030. He also is not willing to stop the land acquisition process for the airport at Mopa which he has started. Earlier he had stated that his minister, late Mathany Saldanha accepted Mopa which was later been proved otherwise, by a rally at Lohia Maidan, Margao, headed by Fr Eremita in presence of Mathany's wife, Ms Alina Saldanha, Mr Avertano Furtado and Mr Benjamim D'Silva and others. They have assured that the sentiments of the people shall be conveyed to Chief Minister who will listen to the grievances. Now it appears that he is not willing to compromise and he is in fact adamant that both the airports shall co-exist. He also said and blamed the erstwhile Congress Government and its ministers who had approved the Mopa airport during their tenure and now he himself is continuing its project since he says that the decisions cannot be changed abruptly. When the people do not want Mopa airport, I wonder why Mr Parrikar wants to go ahead with the project when the tiny state, cannot afford two airports within aerial distance of less than 15 km. The crowd also pronounced that the Mopa will be more useful for Maharashtra and not for Goa and that there will be also unhappiness for all those people who have lost their land and sold to VVIP's near Mopa. What is the guarantee of CM saying about the written assurance that he would categorically indicate that Dabolim airport would remain operational as commercial and civil airport when the Union Defense Minister, Mr A K Antony announced recently that the Dabolim will not be disturbed from Navy?